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Joe Belcher

Position: Senior Associate

Management Team

Joe joined Associated Architects in 2010, becoming a Senior Associate in 2019.

As an integral part of Director Warren Jukes’ team, during his time at AA Joe has developed a range of innovative and high quality schemes for many of the Midlands’ key universities and FE providers. He has 10 years of continuous project experience in the education sector, delivering new build, refurbishment, and masterplanning projects of many building types and scales for a variety of institutions, earning him an excellent understanding of best practice in the design and delivery of such facilities. Joe has also led projects in the infrastructure sector and the wider education sector, most notably a number of UTCs.

At present, he is leading the first phase of the Molecular Sciences scheme for the University of Birmingham, as well as the National Brownfield Institute on the site of the former Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton. The NBI project itself overcomes many of that challenges faced by the sites the building’s users examine as part of their research. Aiming to act as a live case study, the building utilises new and innovative off site construction methods that are of particular relevance to brownfield sites where possible for their ongoing ‘demonstrator’ potential.

His exemplary work at the College Court Conference Centre for the University of Leicester earned accolades in the RIBA Awards, RICS Awards and the Architect’s Journal Retrofit Awards. He has subsequently used his expertise to deliver the New Library and Student Services Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Designed using Passivhaus principles and set within a sensitive historic campus, the new £50m building also provides specialist exhibition and archive facilities. In addition, Joe has led projects in the infrastructure sector and the wider education sector, most notably a number of UTCs.

Current and Recent Projects

Molecular Sciences, University of Birmingham: Phased scheme to add to the University’s sciences portfolio providing research laboratories and academic research offices which will be the campus’ largest building, £400m

School of Engineering, University of Birmingham: New building bringing together many engineering disciplines into one state-of-the-art building, £55m

New Campus Library, University of Birmingham: New build 14,000sq.m library and learning spaces, awarded a SCONUL Award for Best Large Library, £42m

Metallurgy and Materials Building, University of Birmingham: Sensitive refurbishment and remodelling of a Grade II listed 1960s laboratory building, winner of an Architect’s Journal Retrofit Conservation Award, £22m

Emily Wilding Building, Royal Holloway University of London: 10,500sq.m new build BREEAM Excellent library and student centre in sensitive historic campus setting designed using Passivhaus design principles, £42m

National Brownfield Institute, University of Wolverhampton: Creating a facility to research and develop new construction methods and ways of regenerating contaminated land

Student’s Union, Loughborough University: Feasibility Study and Strategic Masterplan to deliver a £30-40m 9,000sq.m new building to reinvent the Student’s Union facilities to create day-time ‘campus living room’, a hub for student volunteer activism and vibrant night-time venues set within a new landscape masterplan and aspiring to be a carbon neutral development

Royal Holloway

University Station, Birmingham: A new station for West Midlands Combined Authority, Transport for West Midlands, Network Rail and the University of Birmingham, serving the university and QE Hospital with the ability to accommodate 7 million passengers annually, £40m

Health Futures Academy UTC, Wolverhampton: New build college providing unique teaching spaces promoting an innovative curriculum for the University of Wolverhampton and health sector partners, £8m

College Court Conference Centre, University of Leicester: Extension, refurbishment and repair of the Grade II listed former halls of residence by Sir Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt.